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55. aliasFactory

This function build and returns a function that implements an alias set (see Section 3.1, “Alias sets”) as a census-filter (see Section 14.1, “census-filter for the definition of this interface).

A census-filter, in general, takes as an argument a pycbc.Census instance and returns an instance of the same class, either the original or a new one.

To implement an alias set, this function requires two dictionaries as arguments:
# - - -   a l i a s F a c t o r y

def aliasFactory(singles=None, triples=None):
    '''Return a census-filter that implements an alias set.

      [ (singles is a sequence of (oldForm, newForm) tuples defining
        cases where (oldForm) should be replaced by (newForm),
        defaulting to no such cases) and
        (triples is a sequence of (oldForm, rel, altForm, newForm)
        tuples defining cases where (oldForm+rel+altForm) should be
        replaced by (newForm), defaulting to no such cases) ->
          return a census-filter function that implements that
          set of aliases ]

First we transform the arguments into a pair of dictionaries that will be used at lookup time. We also use the fixAbbr() function of the abbr module to normalize all the bird codes, so that the singles and triples arguments do not have to supply the uppercased, blank-filled bird codes that are used in the censuses table.
    #-- 1
    # [ if singles is empty ->
    #     singleMap  :=  an empty dictionary
    #   else ->
    #     singleMap  :=  a dictionary whose keys are the first
    #         elements of the tuples in singles, normalized,
    #         and each related value is the second element of that
    #         tuple, normalized ]
    singleMap = {}
    norm = abbrMod.fixAbbr
    if singles is not None:
        for key, value in singles:
            singleMap[norm(key)] = norm(value)

    #-- 2
    # [ if triples is empty ->
    #     tripleMap  :=  an empty dictionary
    #   else ->
    #     tripleMap  :=  a dictionary whose keys are a tuple made
    #         from the first three elements of the tuples in
    #         (triples), and each related value is the fourth
    #         element of the input tuple, with all bird codes
    #         normalized ]
    tripleMap = {}
    if triples is not None:
        for form, rel, alt_form, newForm in triples:
            tripleMap[(norm(form), rel, norm(alt_form))] = norm(newForm)

Now to build the actual filtering function. The function we return will retain its bindings to the singleMap and tripleMap we just built so it can use them when it is called later on.

The inner function extracts the three relevant fields from the census record, changes the values if the maps so indicate, and then builds and returns a new census record with the changed values.
    #-- 3
    # [ result  :=  a census-filter function that uses singleMap to
    #       convert single bird codes and tripleMap to convert
    #       compound bird codes ]
    def result(census):
        '''Implements the census-filter interface.
        #-- 1
        (form, rel, alt_form) = key = (census.form, census.rel,

        #-- 2
        if key in tripleMap:
            form = tripleMap[key]
            rel = abbrMod.REL_SIMPLE
            alt_form = abbrMod.BLANK_ABBR

        #-- 3
        if form in singleMap:
            form = singleMap[form]

        #-- 4
        if alt_form in singleMap:
            alt_form = singleMap[alt_form]

        #-- 5
        return pycbc.CBCData.Census(, census.lon,
            census.year_no, census.year_key, census.seq_no,
            form, rel, alt_form, census.age,,
  , census.q, census.census)

    #-- 4
    return result